I’m done talking about following your passion. Chances are that if you had a passion, I wouldn’t have to tell you to follow it.
Telling people to follow their passion indicates a lack of understanding of work. Every job has Crap that comes with it. Employers CAN sell passion as a reason to take a lower salary than a job deserves. Let’s be honest, a big reason you claim to love your job is the status, salary, or way it makes you feel.
The main reason that passion talk around work is problematic is that it vilifies hard and necessary work. Few aspire to sweat equity, but these jobs are important and valuable and they shouldn’t be minimized.
The next time I’m asked by someone what they should do with their life, I’m going to tell them to become an expert at something they’re good at. That’s always good advice. We need experts. And being excellent at something pays well and is rewarding. Becoming an expert at something you’re good at is also a DAMN good reason to go to college and graduate. Just saying.
Who wants to join in my crusade?